NIACC's Hergert receives NJCAA regional coach of year award

DALLAS | NIACC baseball coach Travis Hergert was honored Friday at the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association convention as a regional coach of the year.

Hergert, who is in his second year as coach of the Trojans, was selected as the 2013 ABCA/Diamond NJCAA Division II North Plains District coach of the year.

The banquet at the Dallas Hilton Anatole starts at 6 p.m. tonight.

Hergert guided NIACC to its first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II World Series in 2013. The Trojans (31-18) won their first two games at the World Series before dropping their final two to place fifth.

NIACC claimed the NJCAA Region XI title with an 8-6 win over Iowa Central.

In the North Plains district tournament, the Trojans topped Miles Community College and Dakota County Technical College twice to earn their bid to the World Series.

NIACC opens its 2014 season on Feb. 14 at the Flag City Classic in Millington, Tenn.

NIACC ranked fifth in preseason poll

The NIACC baseball team is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll released by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Voice of Amateur Baseball Since 1958.

NIACC was 31-18 a year ago and placed fifth in its first-ever appearance at the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla.

NIACC returns two starters (infielder Brett Guba and outfielder Jake Adams) and one starting pitcher (Nick Veale) from last year’s team.

NIACC opens its 2014 season on Feb. 14 at the Flag City Classic in Millington, Tenn.

DMACC is ranked 11th in the preseason poll and defending national champion Murray State of Oklahoma is ranked No. 1.

- Kirk Hardcastle, NIACC SID

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